Posted on April 29th, 2014 by annakjarzab
Just dropping by for a quick post. I don’t talk too much online about what I do for a living (besides write), but I’m actually the Digital and Social Marketing Manager at Penguin Young Readers Group, where I’ve worked for about five years or so. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a pretty great job; it’s hard and I work long (sometimes strange) hours, but I feel very rewarded by the work I do on titles ranging from The Fault In Our Stars and books by Gayle Forman and Sarah Dessen to Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series and everything in between! Anyway, if you want to know a little more about the day-to-day of my job, head on over to Pub Crawl where I was interviewed today by Alex Bracken (author of the phenomenal Darkest Minds series). I’m happy to answer questions, so pop into the comments over there and ask away if you want!
Relatedly, my friends at Penguin USA just relaunched the Penguin.com site and it looks fantastic! They asked certain staff members for book recommendations and because there’s nothing I love more than gushing about books that I love, I took the bait and gave them a (very) short list of my in-house faves. Obviously there are a million zillion Penguin (and non-Penguin) books that I love, but I was told I could only pick a handful, which was hard for me but I ultimately succeeded. Check them out!
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Posted on August 8th, 2009 by annakjarzab
Hey guys! I’m sorry, it looks like I’ve abandoned this blog, but I think about it all the time, I swear! As some of you know, I started a new job on Monday, which, while TOTALLY AWESOME, is really overwhelming and time-consuming and all-encompasing at this point. There’s so much to learn and do, and right now I’m treading water in the hopes of learning to swim like an Olympic champion or some such badly constructed metaphor.
My writing life is pretty quiet right now. AUT is done done done, at least when it comes to me, and I should hear back from my editor about MB sometime at the end of August/beginning of September. AUT audio is still in the works, but unfortunately there were some contracts snafus, which were nobody’s fault but possibly UPS’s. And I’m writing. Er, sort of.
This summer has been something of a whirlwind, so I can’t wait for it to settle down so I can get some real work done on the books I’m writing. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m a little stuck on GR, and I hope to be unstuck soon. My other project, the family drama, is going okay but I’m not sure I’m striking the exact tone that I want to be, and I know it’s time to get going with the hard work of the book, so, as with GR, I’ve reached that fork in the road where you pause and go, hm, what next? How do I do this right? To be at the same immobile place in both books is totally frustrating, but I think it’s just going to take some thinking and massaging and writing bad stuff until the good stuff starts coming. Isn’t that always the way?
I would like to say that I did have a Matryoshka Monday post scheduled to go up, buuuuut I don’t actually know how to use the WordPress post scheduling function, so it didn’t. Whoops! It’ll go up this coming Monday. And look forward to next Monday, when I show you the awesome matryoshka giftie that Tha Dubbs sent me via inter-office mail (sort of), a Happy First Day At Work present which was unfortunately way-laid by my lack of a mailbox and didn’t reach me until Wednesday, even though Dubbs actually works about fifteen feet away from me.
I know some people have emailed me about AUT review copies, and I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to you yet–I will answer all those emails, I promise, please cut me some slack because of new job craziness. Rest assured that I will be passing those on to my publicist as soon as I know who that person is. If you want a review copy, please read this and then email me. So sorry in advance, but do know that not all review requests can be fulfilled because there are a limited number of copies. Thanks guys!